High school student arrested, accused of sending threatening Snapchat messages

EVERETT -- An Everett high school student was behind bars Wednesday instead of in a classroom.

“He made an extremely bad decision,” the suspect’s friend said.

A 17-year-old, who Q13 News is not identifying because he is a juvenile, said a swarm of police officers showed up to his house  to arrest his friend late Tuesday night.

“I was terrified,” said the 17-year-old.

Arrested was an 18-year-old Cascade High School student, who prosecutors say sent four different Snapchat messages threatening another student at the school.

The threats  included photos of guns with the caption “See you at school b****” as well as video of the Columbine school shooting.  The victim also told detectives the suspect was stalking him in school at one point, obtaining the victim’s personal information and class schedule.

“We realize the threats are scary and severe; they are serious. However, there is a lot of reason to believe they are empty threats -- a lot of reason to think it was for shock value,” the suspect's defense attorney said.

“It was just a joke. Sadly, he was arrested for it. He’s a good kid,” the 17-year-old friend said.

But victim’s family members say they are not taking  it as a joke and they are worried about the victim’s safety.

The victim was back at school Wednesday to finish out the rest of the year while the suspect now faces harassment and stalking charges.

“Be careful of what you say on social media -- it will come back to bite you,” the suspect’s friend said.